David Loh Surgery Awards and Accolades

September 2019


A medical case report by David Loh Surgery has been awarded the PRS Global Open 2019 ‘Best Case Report’ (Gold) by international medical journal Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery.

With facial fillers being a widely available aesthetic procedure to temporarily reduce the appearance of wrinkles, or contour faces, there have been some cases where patients have developed features of “impending skin necrosis”: discolouration of the skin due to the premature death of skin cells, in reaction to soft tissue augmentation resulting from the injection. While rare, this complication may occur even under the care of experienced injectors.

David Loh Surgery’s founder Dr David Loh and partner Dr Phoon Yi Shan, who is in charge of the branch clinic at Novena Medical Centre, together with two other doctors jointly authored a case report on such an incident which was successfully managed with prompt diagnosis and treatment.

Entitled Successfully Managing Impending Skin Necrosis following Hyaluronic Acid Filler Injection, using High-Dose Pulsed Hyaluronidase, the paper was first published by PRS Global Open in its February 2018 issue. Using data collected on the article’s view count and sharing activity, among others, David Loh Surgery’s case report was then scored and selected by the journal’s editorial and publishing staff for the award.

“We are very honoured to represent Singapore in contributing to the global body of medical knowledge with our recent case report on successfully managing hyaluronic acid filler-induced impending filler necrosis,” says Dr David Loh, founder and medical director of David Loh Surgery.

“This accolade from PRS Global Open, as an open-access and peer-reviewed international journal, bears testament to our commitment to furthering safety and standards in aesthetic medicine. The culture of knowledge sharing and continuous learning is very much in line with our philosophy at David Loh Surgery,” he adds.

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is the official publication of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. The title launched Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Global Open, in April 2013 as a companion journal with an intention to globalise plastic surgery research, collaboration, and best practice sharing through its open access platform.

PRS Global Open holds its annual Best Paper Awards event with the aim of recognising the best new papers by both US and international authors across multiple categories including that of Best Case Report under which Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards are presented.

David Loh

David Loh Surgery’s award-winning case report can viewed in full here: